Anthony, Thomas M.D. Thomas Anthony, M.D., age 52, of Boise, Idaho, previously of Dallas, Texas, died as a result of an automobile accident on March 24, 2012. Born October 18, 1959 to James and Wilma (Stadelmann) Anthony in Port Jefferson, New York, Tom graduated from Centereach High School, and earned his bachelor's degree at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He graduated with honors from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, completed general surgery residency at the University of Washington, a surgical oncology fellowship at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York, and a Master of Science in Epidemiology at the Harvard University School of Public Health. Tom was recently appointed Chief of Surgery at the Boise VA Hospital. Previously, he had served as Vice Chairman and Professor of Surgery in the division of surgical oncology at the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine and Chief of Surgical Service at the Veterans' Administration North Texas Health Care System. His area of specialization was gastrointestinal oncology, and his research was published in numerous professional journals. A respected teacher and mentor, Tom was honored to receive the Laycock-Snyder Award for Outstanding Achievement in Resident Teaching at UT Southwestern Medical School multiple times. At the time of his death he was president of the national council of VA surgical chiefs, and chairman of the VA's General Surgery Advisory Board. Tom trained a generation of surgeons, many of whom became close friends and fishing partners. In his personal life, Tom was most proud to have received the Father of the Year award from the Lake Highlands Family YMCA. An avid angler, Tom especially loved the rivers of Alaska and Idaho. He was a catch-and-release fisherman using flies that he tied himself. Also a disciplined runner, Tom completed marathons in Dallas, New York, Boston, and St. George, Utah. Tom is survived by his wife of 28 years, Connie Carpenter Anthony and daughters Carly and Andie, all of Dallas; his father, James F. Anthony of Seneca, South Carolina; and four brothers and their families: James P. Anthony, M.D. of San Francisco, California; William Anthony, M.D., of Mount Laurel, New Jersey; David Anthony, M.D., of North Hollywood, California; and Paul Anthony of Allentown, New Jersey. He is also survived by his father- and mother-in-law, Carl and Gloria Carpenter of Trenton, Missouri; and his brother-in-law Craig Carpenter and his family of Alpharetta, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his mother, Wilma Anthony. Family visitation will be at Cloverdale Funeral Home in Boise from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 30. A memorial service will be held at the First Unitarian Church of Dallas at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 7. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Trout Unlimited, Memorial Gifts, 1300 North 17th Street, Suite 500, Arlington, VA 22209-3801.
Published in Dallas Morning News on Mar. 30, 2012